5 Must-Have Applications for Your BlackBerry PlayBook

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The PlayBook is coming along nicely. Lately, we’ve seen an upgrade to the Facebook application, as well as support for in-app purchases and charging improvements. The major updates that the general public are waiting for, such as local PIM applications, should be coming sometime this summer, and we think it’s really going to improve the overall PlayBook experience. As cool as the Bridge idea is, it’s sort of a pain to constantly connect your BlackBerry, and the Bridge Browser is pretty shoddy. For those of you who have a PlayBook, here are some apps we think you must have on your tablet (in no particular order):

1. Blaq – If you’re looking for a solid Twitter client for the PlayBook, we recommend Blaq. The app is a fun tablet experience because it’s a full featured Twitter client that takes advantage of the larger screen. Instead of having to click links and head to the browser, you can preview link content from within the Blaq application. Blaq also comes at a more than reasonable price of $1.99. Grab your copy of Blaq from App World.

2. GeeReader – While the BlackBerry News app is a great app, the fact that it doesn’t come with Google Reader sync makes it a dead-in-the-water product. Avid online readers have spent years cultivating their Google Reader feeds and it’s great to see a free app that syncs with your Reader account. The GeeReader app is fast, easy to setup, and will import hundreds of feeds nearly instantly. Grab GeeReader for FREE in App World.

3. Fourplay – We’ve heard from sources at Foursquare that the Fourplay app has been so popular that the company is looking at the app as an example of how to implement a good tablet app. With the Fourplay app, you get the full Foursquare experience on a tablet. We’re hoping that Foursquare just acquires these guys because they’ve done such a good job and it would be a quick way for them to enter the market. Grab the Fourplay app for FREE here.

4. Tungle.me – Tungle is a really cool company that we’ve been covering here on BlackBerryCool for a long time. Recently, Tungle was acquired by RIM, and their PlayBook app makes scheduling meetings really easy. Once you’ve scheduled with Tungle, it synchronizes with the leading online calendar systems including BlackBerry, Outlook, Google Calendar, Apple iCal, Entourage for Mac, Lotus Notes, Yahoo! and Windows Live. Grab the free Tungle app from App World.

5. Poynt – There is simply no better way to find what you want locally than Poynt. Whether you’re going to a restaurant, seeing a movie, or just looking for a local business, Poynt is the fastest and easiest way to access the information when you need it most. The Poynt app for the PlayBook gives you a bigger screen and hooks directly to your phone so you can initiate calls to the restaurant from within the app. Movie previewing is also great on the PlayBook. Grab the Poynt app free in App World.

Want to recommend any other cool PlayBook apps? Leave a comment and let us know.

  • http://twitter.com/drfrankbuck Dr. Frank Buck

    I downloaded Blue Box a couple of days ago. For those who use DropBox, this is as close to a DropBox app that I know of. In playing with it, I was easily able to take pictures and upload them through BlueBox. In less than 10 seconds, I was getting a notification on my desktop computer that the addition had been made to my DropBox.

  • http://twitter.com/drfrankbuck Dr. Frank Buck

    I downloaded Blue Box a couple of days ago. For those who use DropBox, this is as close to a DropBox app that I know of. In playing with it, I was easily able to take pictures and upload them through BlueBox. In less than 10 seconds, I was getting a notification on my desktop computer that the addition had been made to my DropBox.

  • http://about.me/kylemcinnes Kyle McInnes

    Good call! I saw that a while back and forgot about it. Downloading now…